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Cha Cha Chicken

1906 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1044
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Ranked #97 of 576 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Price range: $0 - $20
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:30 am
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Caribbean
Santa Monica
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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English first
Grand Rapids, Mi
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

A bit of Jamaica in Santa Monica. The jerk chicken (3 levels of spiciness available) and sides are to die for. I always go for the red beans and rice and plantains (they are da bomb). The outdoor beach chalet seating is so chill I could stay all day.

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New York City, New York
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78 reviews 78 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Good Chicken, Outdoor Seating, Unusual Fruit Drink Combinations whats not to like. I tried the recommended fruit drink of the day and it was delicious.

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Sunnyvale, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This location probably works best as a takeout place, or in the summer. We went for dinner in the winter, and it was a bit chilly in the outdoor seating area. The place looks a bit funky, but that was OK with us. The food, however, was not as good as the reviews led us to believe. Good food, but... More 

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Belmar, New Jersey
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166 reviews 166 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I visited the Northridge location. Excellent meal. Super friendly staff. Cha Cha Chicken just falls off the bones. So tender, juicy. They gave us free chips & salsa. The salsa was maybe black beans or mole, I;m not sure. I should've asked because it was insanely good. If they had jars for sale I would've bought a case. Rice &... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Super enjoyable place and atmosphere. Went there for lunch after chilling on the beach - and this was very close and came recommended from the friends I was with. You can bring your own beer to this place, which is something I've never heard of before but I loved it. I had the coconut chicken and it was really good.... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Our family of 10 had some great lunch time take out. Great jerk chicken and really tasty salmon. Refreshing fruit blend drinks as well. Prices were reasonable and service was quite prompt for such a small and popular place.

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Rockville Centre, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

V isited the area this past weekend. There was a conference in town so all places were busy. Line outside made me think that the food must be good so wait it was. Online a very nice young lady who was from the area made suggestions for lunch. I had the coconut chicken which was worth the 1/2 hour wait... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Cha Cha Chicken is a real Santa Monica local. Great jerk chicken, Cubano sandwiches, soup, wings, plantains, rice and beans in a fun outdoor setting. BYOB so head to Star Liquor on Main St to pick up some beer and enjoy a fun, inexpensive night out. Cha Cha also has amazing juice (watermelon and mango).

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Annandale, Virginia
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

On the way to LAX our daughter took us to this colorful hole-in-the-wall a block in from the beach in Santa Monica. Order the goods at the walk-up window and then go find a table on the funky-decorated patio. The ambiance is great...good music, great decor, and the best ever jerk chicken. For the three of us we ordered the... More 

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Seriously, I went to this place for years before it became a hipster phenomenon. I always wished them success as they are so good I don't want them to go away. Now there are lines but I guarantee you it is indeed worth the wait. Pleasant colorful atmosphere with outdoor seating and some reggae beats and often some interesting people... More 

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Additional Information about Cha Cha Chicken

Address: 1906 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405-1044
Phone Number: 310-581-1684
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:30 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:30 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:30 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:30 am
Friday 11:00 am - 9:30 am
Saturday 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
Cuisine: Caribbean

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?